Paid Family and Medical Leave and its Importance to People with Disabilities and their Families

On September 7, 2017, The Arc and partners released a report on the state of paid family leave among workers with disabilities and family caregivers of people with disabilities. Given the high prevalence of people with disabilities in the U.S. (1 in 5) and a decrease in non-working adults in families available to assume a caregiving role, this is an extremely timely and relevant topic to explore.

Paid family and medical leave empowers workers to take time away from work to address their own serious medical condition, to care for a family member with a serious medical condition, or to spend time with a new baby or a newly adopted child. This first of its kind report by The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality looks at the intersection of the need for paid leave and workers with disabilities and families that include a person with a disability. The findings highlight the need for a comprehensive, national paid family and medical leave program in the United States.


Text from The Arc study webpage

Click on this link to read more about the report and to download an electronic copy.


Radio Novela: A New Beginning for Ana and Her Family

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The Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin, Madison features a pre-recorded radio series entitled, Un Nuevo Amanecer Para Ana Y Su Familia (in English, A New Beginning for Ana and her Family). The story centers on the Chavez family and their journey raising Ana, a child with cerebral palsy. The story spans 13 episodes and it told as a radio soap opera. The series depicts a Latino family caring for a child with a developmental disability through the life course and addresses many themes including advocacy, the rights of children with disabilities, and stigma. The audio was recorded in Spanish and the transcripts are available in English and Spanish. Click on this link for the radionovela website.